Washington - Washington is ready to take the next step in rebuilding hope.
“We just want to make sure that we get the word out that we will be sounding the alarms next Tuesday for the first time since November 17th,” said Mayor Gary Manier
It may seem small, but being able to comfortably deal with the three-minute sirens is an important part of the recovery process.
“The last thing we want to do is make these individuals victims a second time, but at the same point we need to get back to whatever is normal,” said Washington Police Chief Don Volk.
Which is why Washington schools will make it a point to inform their students about the test ahead of time.
“We will start talking to the kids about the sirens and what is going to take place this week. But we will make an announcement that morning,” said District 51 Superintendent Chad Allaman.
The Sirens underwent a silent test in December, January and February. Each one went off without a hitch, which is good because the working sirens play a big role in preventing casualties during a disaster.
“I am a firm believer that the notifications from the smart phones, the TV notifications and the sirens all played a major impact in the fact that we had very few fatalities,” said Chief Volk.
Resuming audible siren testing is important as March marks the beginning of the major storm season. Being able to conduct a sirens test also means Washington is one step closer to normalcy.
“Bottom line is the sirens are there to protect and this is part of moving back to the normal routine,” said Allaman.